Can the K3.3 focus on anything in the air (not just birds)


Daronl

Link Posted 24/03/2022 - 21:01
I spent a few hours today looking for Otters without success and was surprised qat the swarms of tiny midges that were in clouds above the water surface.

They are not uncommon (Chironomus plumosus) but there were clouds of them around so I decided to see if I cut get a decent shot with the K3.3 which is quite a tool when it comes to focus and tracking of birds.

The insects are about 10mm and never stay still in the air (like a Hover Fly) and are chaotic in their "aeronautics"




It seems the K3.3 has no limits
Daronl

Lubbyman

Link Posted 24/03/2022 - 21:22
And the lens that enabled the K3iii to do it was...??

Steve

Daronl

Link Posted 25/03/2022 - 10:27
Lubbyman wrote:
And the lens that enabled the K3iii to do it was...??

Steve

My favorite Pentax masterpiece - F4 300 DA*
Daronl

Chrism8

Link Posted 25/03/2022 - 11:24
Not quite as small as your midges, but had good success with the K3iii, my 150 - 450 seems to be welded to the camera at the mo

Dragonflies in flight




Otters




B52's




U2's



Chris

www.chrismillsphotography.co.uk

" A Hangover is something that occupies the Head you neglected to use the night before".

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K1 - Sigma 85mm F1.4, Pentax DFA 150 -450 F4.5 / 5.6, Pentax DFA* 24 - 70 F2.8

Samyang 14mm F2.8, Pentax DFA* 70-200 F2.8

K3iii + K3ii + K5iis converted to IR, Sigma 17 - 70 F2.8, Pentax 55 - 300 F4.5 / F5.6 PLM

Daronl

Link Posted 25/03/2022 - 11:47
Fabulous set Chris ; the Dragonfly is particularly stunning; canít beat Pentax glass and now we truly have a premium action /wildlife camera in the K3.3.
Daronl
Last Edited by Daronl on 25/03/2022 - 11:49

1stEverPentax

Link Posted 26/03/2022 - 13:18
Great shots guys.

That B-52 looks like it has been fitted with the latest in defensive aids...a smokescreen.

There will be calls to ban those on purely environmental grounds!

regards

Karlo

Lubbyman

Link Posted 26/03/2022 - 13:28
Daronl wrote:
Lubbyman wrote:
And the lens that enabled the K3iii to do it was...??

Steve

My favorite Pentax masterpiece - F4 300 DA*

That's impressive . I've tried similar with that lens and the original K3 - and failed miserably.

Steve

Chrism8

Link Posted 26/03/2022 - 14:06
Just having a play in the garden in the excellent warm weather with the K3iii and the 150 - 450.

Hoverfly in flight, they don't stay still at all and change direction faster than a typhoon jet

Hand held, manual focus ISO 400 - 1/800 sec - F7.1 plus a decent crop - equiv FL of 510mm



Chris

www.chrismillsphotography.co.uk

" A Hangover is something that occupies the Head you neglected to use the night before".

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K1 - Sigma 85mm F1.4, Pentax DFA 150 -450 F4.5 / 5.6, Pentax DFA* 24 - 70 F2.8

Samyang 14mm F2.8, Pentax DFA* 70-200 F2.8

K3iii + K3ii + K5iis converted to IR, Sigma 17 - 70 F2.8, Pentax 55 - 300 F4.5 / F5.6 PLM

Lubbyman

Link Posted 26/03/2022 - 15:05
That's not a hover fly, it's a bee fly! And while you're right about them changing direction impressively quickly, they can stay still for long periods when they find the right spot - usually over a warm patch or looking for a suitable hole in the ground.

Nice shot by the way.

Steve

Daronl

Link Posted 26/03/2022 - 18:37
Super shot - the detail is superb and clearly the 150-450 is another Pentax masterpiece in the right hands.

A great capture - insects in flight could become a cult thing Given they are always around
Daronl

RobL

Link Posted 27/03/2022 - 08:12
These are all brilliant, and a tribute to the photographers. The 150-450mm lens is great for larger insects like butterflies as it can focus relatively close but far enough away not to disturb them, and get that beautiful soft background.

Chrism8

Link Posted 30/03/2022 - 08:49
RobL wrote:
The 150-450mm lens is great for larger insects like butterflies as it can focus relatively close but far enough away not to disturb them, and get that beautiful soft background.

Its pretty good for small insects as well, although finding and then keeping the critters in the viewfinder on the wing can be tricky, honing the technique more
Chris

www.chrismillsphotography.co.uk

" A Hangover is something that occupies the Head you neglected to use the night before".

-------------------------------------------------------------
K1 - Sigma 85mm F1.4, Pentax DFA 150 -450 F4.5 / 5.6, Pentax DFA* 24 - 70 F2.8

Samyang 14mm F2.8, Pentax DFA* 70-200 F2.8

K3iii + K3ii + K5iis converted to IR, Sigma 17 - 70 F2.8, Pentax 55 - 300 F4.5 / F5.6 PLM
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